CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Crockett Police Department arrested a 24-year-old man on a long list of charges after he allegedly assaulted his common-law wife, pointed a gun at the woman's brother, and then barricaded himself in his house for about an hour.
Luis Alfredo Hernandez, of Crockett, is still being held in the Houston County Jail on a first-degree aggravated assault of a family member with a deadly weapon charge, two second-degree endangering a child charges, a third-degree assault of a family member-impede breath or circulation charge, a state-jail felony possession of a controlled substance charge, a Class A misdemeanor assault causing bodily injury to a family member, and two Class A misdemeanor false driver's license or ID charges.
Crockett Police Chief David Cross said that his department has also requested an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold be placed on Hernandez, who is an illegal immigrant.
According to the probable cause statement East Texas News obtained Wednesday, a Crockett PD lieutenant was on patrol on Sept. 15 when he was dispatched to a home in the 300 block of Cedar Street to check out a report of a disturbance involving weapons.
When the CPD lieutenant got to the scene, he talked to a witness who was "visibly shaken." The man explained that he lived at that residence with his sister and Hernandez, her common-law husband, and three children.
The witness told the Crockett PD lieutenant that his room is next to his sister's room, and he heard her and Hernandez arguing, the affidavit stated. The man allegedly told the police officer that it sounded like things got physical at some point, and when he went to the other room to intervene, he found Hernandez choking his sister on the bed.
After the witness pulled Hernandez off his sister, Hernandez pulled a silver semiautomatic pistol from a holster at his side and pointed it at him, the affidavit stated. The man also said Hernandez cocked the gun, and a bullet fell onto the floor.
At that point, the man left the room, and he was followed by Hernandez and the woman, the affidavit stated. The disturbance continued in the living room, and Hernandez allegedly grabbed a "machine gun" and sat down on the couch with it.
The witness told police that he tried to get his sister and her kids to leave with him, but she wouldn't, the affidavit stated. At that point, the witness left the house and waited for the police to arrive.
According to the affidavit, the woman came out of the home and spoke to the CPD lieutenant. She admitted that there was a disturbance and that she was the one who started it. However, she allegedly denied that Hernandez choked her and said that she never saw any weapons.
The Crockett PD lieutenant wrote in the affidavit that he saw red marks on both sides of her neck that were consistent with the witness' account that Hernandez had choked her.
Cross said that Hernandez barricaded himself inside the home with three small children for about an hour, and the department's Rapid Response Team was called in to help. A perimeter was set up, and Hernandez eventually walked out and surrendered to authorities.
Once Hernandez was read his Miranda rights, he admitted to the argument and to restraining his common-law wife, but he denied everything else, the affidavit stated.
The Crockett PD obtained a search warrant for the home, and offices discovered numerous weapons, including the silver pistol described by the witness and an AK-90 semiautomatic rifle.
After Hernandez was taken to the Houston County Jail, a corrections officer called the LPD lieutenant and told him that during the intake, she searched Hernandez' wallet and found small, clear Ziploc baggie with white residue inside, the affidavit stated. The jailer also found a fake Texas ID card and a fake Social Security card in Hernandez' wallet, the affidavit stated.